BUSINESS LEADERS: Tanja Lister, owner / director, Kylesku Hotel

Tanja Lister

Tanja Lister and Sonia Virechauveix bought the Kylesku Hotel about 10 years ago. Since then, Tanja has driven the business forward with her approach. She ploughed ahead with a £1m extension to the hotel and a refurbishment in 2015, which she ensure was completed on time and within budget in the difficult area of the north west coast of Scotland.

Creating a stable team was key and two houses were bought in the local area to transform into staff quarters. Now the business employs over 25 people and focuses on nurturing the talent of each individual working at the hotel by giving them a safe and supportive environment to grow.

She has increased the profile of the business, ensuring it becomes a destination for visitors and raised the bar in the area in terms of quality of service, food offering and standard of accommodation, winning the business wide acclaim and awards as a result.

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In her local area Tanja was also elected as a representative for the FSB and as a business mentor. As well as looking into the long-term strategy for the hotel, she takes care of the administrative side of the business, making sure every project fits in with the ethos of Kylesku Hotel and is a sustainable venture both in its environment and commercial impact.

Tanja started her career with the Metropolitan Police and then went on to work at the JL Partnership. Her past experiences have enable her to gain an open and honest approach to all discussions and decisions throughout the business.


Kylesku Hotel

Location: Kylesku, Sutherland

Bedrooms: 11


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